If your office is anything like ours, you have lots of technology at your disposal including: phones, tablets, laptops, scanners, multifunctional printers, electronic whiteboards, conference room tech, routers, modems, and the list could go on forever. Every time an office invests in these items, almost inevitably the question is raised, “How long will this tech last?” The answer is not an easy one, but there are some common guidelines to refer to in order to ease your mind. This will help you know that you will get your money’s worth of use out of each of these technologies.
The rapid evolution of technology in our lifetime is both a blessing and a curse. Just when we have become comfortable with a system, software, or even hardware, something better comes along. Take Apple’s iPhone for example; how many of us have invested in one only to have a new and improved version show up a year or so later? I suspect that these are just the times we live in where the tech is developing faster than small businesses can keep up.
There is good news for small and medium-sized companies regarding office technology. According to Chron Online, most tech experts generally agree that a computer should last anywhere between 3-5 years before needing to be replaced.
Of course, this number is just a generalization and a number of factors play into lifespan, ranging from the computer’s quality, care, and room for upgrades. For small business owners, every new computer is an expense and an investment, one whose worth over time largely depends on how you use and care for it.
We suggest prioritizing what tech you need the most and setting a schedule to upgrade each item on a rotating basis. Do you need help choosing the tech or knowing when it is time for replacements? Call Spectra Networks at 978.219.9752, or visit our website for expert help and guidance.